Quotes and Anais Nin Part 4

Quotes and Anais Nin Part 4

So far I have written a Part 1, 2 & 3 on Anais Nin, both of which you can find here:

Anais Nin Part 1

Anais Nin Part 2

Anais Nin Part 3

In Part 1 I wrote a little about Anais Nin’s start in life, Part 2 we got to the part where she left Paris in 1939 and Guiler her husband seems to disappear from her diaries, part 3 seemed to peruse through her love life and marriages,   please find below a continuation:

Anais Nin

Anais Nin

A little about her personal life

We finished off last week talking about her second marriage, whilst she was still married to Guiler…

Anais continued to live her seeming double life, creating elaborate facades in both Los Angeles and New York.  The lies became so frequent and complex that she had to create what she called a lie box.  Anais had a huge purse in which she had two sets of checkbooks, one said Anais guiler for New York the other Anais Pole for Los Angeles, the same went for prescriptions from the different Counties.  She also had a collection of file cards, she said “I tell so many lies I have to write them down and keep them in the lie box so I can keep them straight.”

In 1966, Nin’s marriage with Pole was annulled, this came about due to both Pole and Guiler trying to claim her as a dependent on their federal tax returns.  Though their marriage was annulled, both Pole and Nin continued to live together like a married couple up until her death in 1977.

According to Barbara Kraft, prior to her death, Anais had written to Hug Guiler asking for his forgiveness.  He responded by writing abotu how meaningful his life and been because of her.  Quite something that isn’t it? 🙂

The unexpurgated versions of Nin’s journals were commissioned by Pole after Guiler’s death.  Four volumes appeared – Henry and June, Fire, Incest, and Nearer the Moon.  Pole died July 2006.

Who were Nin’s inspirations? She often cited Djuna Barnes and D. H. Lawrence.  She also cited Marcel Proust, André Gide, Jean Cocteau, Paul Valéry, and Arthur Rimbaud.

With regards to her work life, Nin once worked at Lawrence R.Maxwell books located in New York City.  As well as her work as a writer she also appeared in the Kenneth Anger film Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome(1954) as Astarte; in the Maya Deren film Ritual in Transfigured Time (1946); and in Bells of Atlantis (1952), a film directed by Guiler under the name “Ian Hugo” with a soundtrack of electronic music by Louis and Bebe Barron.

What an amazingly colourful life, don’t you think?  There’s lots more though..about her writings….next time!

Here I share another quote belonging to Anais which i think is the depiction of a true artist be they a writer, painter, dancer etc.  What do you think?

If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.



Than you to Lucile from Lucile De Godoy for sharing this photo she acquired with  me 🙂

What the quote means to me

I think this quote is very simple, easy to understand.  To me it is the ability for a write, actor, any kind of artist to immerse and lose oneself in the artistic/creative moment that they have either created or joined in some way or other.  To live it, breathe it, to be it at times.

How do you interpret this quote for yourself?

I look forward to reading your comments, Part 5 will be next week…

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